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Bell Variant Open Face Helmet

“Get Great Value And Graphics With This Helmet”

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The Good: First - It's a BELL helmet. They're a leader in the helmet industry, not just for bikes, but just about every type of helmet there is.
Second - To compliment the great fit and protective features, the graphics are finally up to snuff. Not sure what made BELL finally decide to make helmets that look good, but someone in the arts and crafts department knows what their doing. Thanks for that.

The Bad: Nothing is wrong here. The price is great, the fit is great, and it looks good. Check, check, and check...

Overall Review: If you're looking to save around $50 over the premium lids, this is the helmet. You can also check out the Giro Hex, also a great lid for the $.

Bell Variant Open Face Helmet

“Great All-mountain lid”

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The Good: The helmet is really light and has a lot of adjustability for each size via the TAG fit system. One thing i noticed right away was the breathability of this helmet, I could actually tell a difference between this lid and my old one and it was clearly evident that air flow was a lot better in this lid. So for hot days or days when you are not just running DH this is a great helmet.

The Bad: I cant find much negatives on this helmet, its durable and the fit is great.

Overall Review: Helmet choice will probably boil down to personal preference in terms of fit, Bell helmets seem to fit me well so I like these. The Variant is nice and light and offers a lot of breathability. Good color choices as well. Strongly recommend as a all mountain or XC helmet.

Crank Brothers 5050 XX Flat Pedal

“Average at best...”

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The Good: Aside from the bearings, they certainly seem to be pretty durable. The colored plates let you pimp your ride, too.

The Bad: Poor grip compared to many other flat pedals. Bearings were shot after a single season of abuse. Thick profile.

Overall Review: For a flat pedal, they are average at best. Nothing spectacular and nothing drastically wrong with them. Without fivetens, though, you might be wishing for more traction...

Crank Brothers 5050 XX Flat Pedal

“Awesomest pedals”

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The Good: Durable, no slipping and look awesome

The Bad: Little pricey to buy after market

Overall Review: Looks like some mixed reviews about these pedals. They came stock on my bike and in my opinion these are the best pedals I have ridden. Super durable and my feet never slip off. Really happy with them!!!

Crank Brothers 5050 XX Flat Pedal

“Not Recommended”

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The Good: - looks
- good platform for your foot when they stay together

The Bad: - weight
- pedals have a chance to come apart on the trail (and they do)
- not slender
- way overpriced

Overall Review: Just a swing and a miss. I had a piece of my pedal come off at the local dirt jumps. Luckily, I was able to reassemble them and donate them to a buddy... the same thing happened to him. I know one local pro from Northstar who had his pedal come apart during a race run (which effected his time negatively, of course). And I've heard a lot of other people having the same gripe as me. No pedal should be built this way... it just doesn't make sense. I personally like Atomlab pimplite pedals on my rigs. Those are rock solid in every aspect.

Crank Brothers 5050 XX Flat Pedal

“Flashy enough.”

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The Good: Unique look, easy to switch up traction. Great customer service from Crank Brothers.

The Bad: Heavy, thick, plates come loose far too often. Bearings wore at an extremely uneven rate which mystifies the hell out of me.

Overall Review: I tried really hard to like this pedal, Crank Brothers certainly stands behind it, but ultimately it's really let down by the gimmicky plates - they add a lot of weight, hassle, and detract from durability.

Black Market Bikes Underboss Stem

“So-so stem”

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The Good: Looks pretty amazing in polished colour, kind of light.

The Bad: Tiny hardware, slips like crazy, bolts strip instantly, friend of mine had the threads just rip out of the stem body.

Overall Review: I'd be hard pressed to recommend this stem by any metric, there are lighter, cheaper, better-looking, better-performing stems out there.

Deity Vertigo DH Saddle

“Deity For Life”

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The Good: Graphics,price,weight

The Bad: nada meng!

Overall Review: Looks and feels pretty durable. Can't beat the graphics and colors. For those of you who do not already know, go school yourselves and check out Deity Components!

Deity Enoki Grip

“Deity For Life”

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The Good: nice feel,Deity lockrings and endcaps,price,

The Bad: nada meng!

Overall Review: I have used odi rogues for the last 5 years or so, and never planned on switching. Then, I tried these. The old mushroom feel is awesome. You get anodized lockrings With graphics. All for less $$$!And when the grips wear out, you can replace just the grip for super cheap. For those of you who do not already know, go school yourselves and check out Deity Components!

Deity Blacklabel 2010 Handlebar

“Deity For Life”

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The Good: Nice mellow sweep and rise. Graphics, weight, price.

The Bad: nada meng!

Overall Review: I have a set of 1st gen deity bars that have been well used for over a year on my dj bike. They are still holding up great. The product line from Deity has been evolving and expanding at a ridiculous level. For those of you who do not already know, go school yourselves and check out Deity Components!